Bid to repair ancient church

20th March 2012. Wetherby News.... Spotlight on the villages of Sherburn in Elmet and South Milford.'All Saints Church.
20th March 2012. Wetherby News.... Spotlight on the villages of Sherburn in Elmet and South Milford.'All Saints Church.

All Saints Church in Sherburn in Elmet is launching a major fundraising campaign to restore the church’s weather beaten stonework.

Churchwarden Kenneth Stott explained a recent inspection had revealed considerable damage amounting to about £55,000.

He said, “The ravages of the weather are causing some of the stonework round the upper windows to crumble and corrode.

“Our experts have estimated the cost of restoring it at £55,000.

“We simply don’t have that money - our normal income barely covers our running expenses – so we’re launching a major fundraising campaign.”

He added: “We are applying for grants to repair this Grade 1 Listed Building, and asking local people to help us raise money.”

A year of fundraising events will include a flower festival to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee from April 27-29, including a concert by the Alan Cuckston Singers tonight (Friday), circus workshop (Saturday) and Songs of Praise on sunday.

The Rev Chris Wilton, Vicar of All Saints Church, said: “All Saints church is at the heart of Sherburn in Elmet and we’re doing all we can to ensure that the church building will be there in a hundred years’ time.

“On Saturday 5th May I’ll even be doing a sponsored bike ride round all the churches in the Selby Deanery.”

He added: “Many of these parishioners may not come to the church regularly, but will have been baptised or married in the church, or have had their children baptised in the church.

“We hope that lots of people will join us to keep All Saints Church serving our community for years to come.”

To donate money visit www.allsaintschurch.homestead.com or contact 01977 682122 or ken.stott@hotmail.com.